Prospect Review – Dan Hudson – P – CHW


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The Basics
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: Drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 Amateur Draft by the White Sox
Age: 23

Statistics

2009 – Kannapolis (Sally League – White Sox A) – 4 starts

  • 1-2, 1.23 ERA, 22 IP
  • 30 strikeouts, 2 walks
  • 1.15 FIP, .319 BABIP

2009 – Winston-Salem (Carolina League – White Sox High-A) – 8 starts

  • 4-3, 3.40 ERA, 45 IP
  • 49 strikeouts, 13 walks
  • 2.89 FIP, .264 BABIP

2009 – Birmingham (Southern League – White Sox AA) – 9 starts

  • 7-0, 1.60 ERA, 56 IP
  • 63 strikeouts, 10 walks
  • 1.89 FIP, .273 BABIP

2009 – Charlotte (International League – White Sox AAA) – 5 starts

  • 2-0, 3.00 ERA, 24 IP
  • 24 strikeouts, 9 walks
  • 3.12 FIP, .325 BABIP

2009 Minors Totals (26 starts)

  • 14-5, 2.32 ERA, 147 1/3 IP
  • 166 strikeouts, 34 walks

2009 – White Sox – 6 appearances (2 starts)

  • 1-1, 3.38 ERA, 18 2/3 IP
  • 14 strikeouts, 9 walks
  • 5.29 FIP, .252 BABIP

Rankings
Baseball America – #3 (CHW – 2010)
Baseball Prospectus – #1 (CHW – 2010) – 4 star
John Sickels – #1 (CHW – 2010) – B+

Analysis

Hudson skyrocketed through the White Sox system last year, pitching at 4 minor league levels and ending in the Majors with a September call-up. At each level, he pitched extremely well, posting fielding independent pitching of 3.12 or lower at each level.

He looks like he has the potential to be a strikeout pitcher in the Majors (9.0 K/9 or higher at each stop in the minors) and has shown extremely good control as well (34 walks in 147 innings pitched).  He appeared to do better against lefties than righties, posting a lower HR rate, batting average against, and lower walk rate in slightly less innings. However, his FIP split was only 2.42 (L) vs. 2.45 (R). This shows to me that he should be able to get out both lefties and righties at the Major League level.

Hudson sports a 90-93 mph fastball, a solid changeup, and a good slider. He has a throwing motion that I can only seem to describe as slightly loopy. The motion doesn’t really appear like it would be prone to injuries, and doesn’t really appear to be a particular strain to duplicate. It almost reminds me slightly of the Weaver brothers. (Just barely).

Outlook

Hudson, in spite of only having 1 year in the Minors, looks like he could be ready to contribute at the Major League level right now. His excellent control, and ability to use 3 pitches well should both be strengths of his.  The White Sox have 4 excellent starters locked in, (Peavy, Buehrle, Danks, Floyd), so the only way I see him starting 2010 in the Majors is if he can unseat Freddy Garcia. Which could definitely happen. I have to think that it would not be the best use of their players for the White Sox to have him break camp with the Sox out of the bullpen, but I doubt highly that they’ll ask for my opinion on the matter. I think he gets sent to AAA, and called up the first time they need a starter. How he pitches from there determines to me whether or not he stays in the rotation.

Projection for 2010

3-1, 2.90 ERA, 50 IP, 46 strikeouts, 12 walks (AAA)
5-5, 3.85 ERA, 110 IP, 95 strikeouts, 28 walks (Majors)

Expected ETA

2010. Most likely during the season.

Tomorrow’s Prospect for Review: Tony Sanchez (C) of the Pittsburgh Pirates

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